Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Rugby players all across the land, especially Old Boys, were distraught last week when it was announced that the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest would be cancelled. News that one of the longest running tournaments in the USA would have to take a year hiatus did not sit well with the many players and teams that had already booked their trips south. Conflicts with the city over their traditional site for the tournament were cited as the reasons behind the cancellation.
Hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Rugby Club, the tournament has become a mainstay on the American rugby calendar and serves as one of the few destination tournaments that take place over the winter when most players in the North are still a couple months away from getting outside.
“With a ton of help and support from some key people in our community, we were able to work it out and host the event.,” said Sarah Bradley, Vice President of the Fort Lauderdale Rugby Club.
“I want to thank all of you that called and emailed me with your support. Once again, the rugby community amazes me with their support and concern.”
The new venue for the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest is the Central Broward Regional Park. Some will remember the Cricket Grounds as the location for the USA Eagles vs. Uruguay Rugby World Cup Qualifying match in 2009.
A special assist goes to the Fort Lauderdale Old Boys whom played a big part in salvaging the tournament by working with Broward County Commissioners to get the venue set.
The Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest field includes Premier Club, Club, Women, Old Boys (+35), Old Boys (45+), and Old Boys (50+). The tournament has been a common pre-season destination for many top clubs in the North as they head south to get a taste of decent weather. Super League Clubs New York Athletic Club, Old Blue, and Boston have all taken part in the tournament in recent years.
Set for February 26-27, 2011 further details are expected in the coming days.